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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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66-bed west Cumbrian care home gets go-ahead

A controversial scheme to build a 66-bed care home in Maryport has been approved – but developers have been told to investigate reports of a nuisance weed found on the site.

The town council called Harper International Consultants’ plans for the home “totally unsuitable” as it was on the edge of an industrial estate.

The authority also reported that there was an “abundance” of Japanese knotweed on the site, which can grow under buildings before coming through cracks and damaging the structure.

Allerdale officers have attached a condition to the plans, that detailed statements be made available on the long-term management of the weed.

The planning permission replaces a previous agreement which was granted three years ago to SJR Building Contractors Ltd, from Seaton, who said that 80 jobs would be created if the home was built.

The town council objected to the scheme, at Faulders Field, Grasslot Street, and council clerk Paul Bramley said members were concerned the location was “totally unsuitable for such a development”.

“The council is concerned at what the size of the internal arrangements will be if it is proposed to accommodate 66 people,” he added.

“It would appear to offer insufficient internal space for that.”

Angela Kendall, Maryport council’s planning chairwoman, said residents would look out at the back of terraced housing on one side and industrial buildings on the other.

“This is a large home and it would be in totally the wrong place,” she said.

When the scheme first went before councillors in 2010, it was envisaged that the three-storey complex would create 40 full-time and 40 part-time jobs.

The home will care for those suffering from dementia, the elderly, mentally infirm and patients who need ordinary nursing care. It would include 66 bedrooms with en-suite facilities, lounge and dining facilities, laundries, a kitchen and landscaped gardens.

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